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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

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Address: 33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Phone Number: 215-765-4325
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Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East...

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the site was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield. Smith’s beautiful, 24,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape – 6 1/2 acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills – and is home to the century old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs.

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A Great Place to take the Kids

This is an outstanding place to take your kids if you're living or visiting the city. There are enough activities there to keep your tot active for a few hours, and tire them out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2016
justmeharmony
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I had a party booked last year. I had to cancel. Since they wouldn't refund our money ($150), they told me we would have a credit on file with them for a year. Fast forward to today (about 8 or 9 months later), I have been trying to reach them via email and phone for two months now. I cannot... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

This is an outstanding place to take your kids if you're living or visiting the city. There are enough activities there to keep your tot active for a few hours, and tire them out before nap time.

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Claymont, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I like the Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, and the other countless sites for kids in Philly....but my daughter has had the most fun at Smith Playground. You don't have to spend a lot of money to entertain your children here. They ask for a small donation but its not mandatory(please give if you can).

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I am a father of two young daughters. They always have a lot of fun and there are toys that fit both of their age levels. The wooden slide is pretty unique and they really seem to try and add new things. It's free to enter, but they ask that you leave some kind of donation, which is understandable to... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you live in Philadelphia, put this on your "I'm out of ideas and it's cold out" list. But, if you're traveling, this is not a must stop attraction, even if it is historical. Inside there are two small run down rooms. Upstairs there is a pretend train and some toys that any daycare will have. Downstairs, there is a... More 

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nyc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This *free* children's playground was really fun. The outdoor space has a lot of creative climbing toys that move and spin in ways that are great for active young kids. The ideal age range would probably be about 2 years old to 5 years old. There is a really cool slide enclosed in a shed that you go down riding... More 

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North Attleboro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It was a very nice, big playground. Not just ordinary swings and slides. It had a wooden slide where you have to use a burlap bag to get down. Very different climbing structures and rubberized grounds near all the equipment. Kids loved it.

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Smith's features many payground attractions that are safe and well maintained. Spread out over a large grassy area, children and adults can burn off a lot of energy on imaginative playground equipment not typically found in city playgrounds. There's also a giant wooden slide for all to try. Today's featured attraction was Daniel Tiger - a children's superstar!

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Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Nice place with open space and playing to do for kids. There are some trees for sitting in the shade. It's free or you can donate. Free nearby parking 15 minut drive from center philadelphia. Indoor house play doesn't have as much toys then outside and no air conditioning indoors

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We visited on a Sunday morning. The playhouse is a HUGE mansion, however it is pretty limited space that you actually can explore. It is nice for toddlers to play, not older children. I went with my twin 5 yo's and 4 yo. They liked the mansion for a little while. The playground was nice a big. They had a... More 

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